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Kent Gunnufson Author Interview

Rocky Mountains: A Self-Portrait is a biography about your life as a photographer as well as teaching readers some of the nuances of photography that make a great photographer. Why was this an important book for you to write?

This book is an overview of my interests and creative efforts in the high Rockies. It offers a look into a short lived community that no longer exists which I feel strongly needs to be acknowledged and documented for others to see.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

I am a photographer, not a natural writer. But with a lot of effort and persistence I feel I have presented an interesting story and insights not previously available about the lives of those living and working at the Colorado ski resorts.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?

I’ve always been told I can achieve whatever I want to do. I wish I had truly believed that and acted on that earlier in life.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

I want readers to follow my journey and see what I saw while experiencing life in a community that no longer exists.

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Kent Gunnufson worked the construction trades in the harsh, cold mountain environment in order to ski and pursue alpine photography. Not only does he offer an inside look at the ski community’s little known “golden era”, but also takes us on his personal journey to master the dramatic B&W landscape. Quotes from the photographic community reinforce and clarify the creative path of the author.

Rocky Mountains – A Self-Portrait

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It isn’t often that we get to sneak a peek into the hows and whys of the jobs and hobbies around us. Assumptions are easy to make, and it takes very little to make a guess as to what causes a person to become drawn to a career. Photography is one of those interests. There is much more to taking photographs than most of us will ever realize. This endeavor requires a great deal more than just a love of being behind the camera.

Photographer and author, Kent Gunnufson, shares his lifelong love and dedication to creating artwork with the camera in his autobiographical book, Rocky Mountains: A Self-Portrait. Gunnufson’s book is filled with the most amazing landscape images from his time spent in the Rockies. In addition, he has included photos of people and objects that seem to defy all logic in their beauty. The purpose of the author’s work is to share the story behind his career and his love of photography and his subjects, but the stunning imagery he has captured will be, without a doubt, what fascinates readers from cover to cover.

Gunnufson’s story is compelling and is a must-read for those interested in photography. There is a story behind each of the images he has taken, and they are all fascinating. He not only relays to readers how he found each subject, but he explains in detail the intricacies of the composition of each photo. This is something I found especially interesting as I read. Taking photographs seems, at first glance, like a simple task. Gunnufson, however, explains in language all readers will understand exactly how much thought and preparation goes into each one of them.

I have always been drawn to black and white photography whether it be nature or portraits. Gunnufson provides wonderful insight into the history of black and white photography and how it compares with color imagery. It really is a treat to see this side of photography and hear directly from the artist himself about the ins and outs of the process.

Rocky Mountains: A Self-Portrait is an astonishing look at the life of one photographer. Photographers and students of the art will appreciate the advice, insight, and history provided by the author. I cannot say enough about the beautiful images Gunnufson has created. There is a softness to his work that readers will find absolutely riveting. I highly recommend Gunnufson’s book for both his enchanting images and the heart he has poured into his personal narrative.

ISBN: 978-0-9605366-4-1

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